The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem "Pangur Ban" (Hardcover)

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The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem
By Jo Ellen Bogart, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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This picturebook illustrates the poem of an Irish monk who wrote a poem about his white cat. The illustrations are done in watercolor and reference the illuminated manuscripts that the monk would have been working on. It's soothing and beautiful, a perfect choice for a bedtime story. It's also a good way to slowly introduce a child to their Irish heritage.

-- Anna

— From Anna S. Staff Picks


A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem "Pangur Ban." With Jo Ellen Bogart's simple and elegant narration and Sydney's Smith's classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

About the Author

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas, and received degrees in elementary education and psychology from the University of Texas in Austin. Her best-selling children's books have been nominated for and won many different awards, including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. Her picture book Gifts was selected for the TD Grade One Book Giveaway program, as well as the IBBY Honor List. She lives in Guelph, Ontario. Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, and he has received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown and goes to the library or the Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781554987801
ISBN-10: 1554987806
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: March 30th, 2016
Pages: 32
Language: English